Do you ever wish that God would give you clear, step by step instructions of what you are to do or where you are to go? He is always leading us but usually not in the way we expect. Sometimes we have to go through dark valleys while other times we’re enjoying green pastures. Through it all we can trust that God is good, will never leave us and always lead us exactly where we need to be.
MEMORY VERSE: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
The angels just couldn’t keep it in. The Messiah had been born and they had to tell someone. They didn’t go to the king or to the rulers in Jerusalem. They didn’t find the most important people or the smartest or the wealthiest. No. God sent them to some simple shepherds on a hill outside the small town of Bethlehem. Shepherds were looked down on by a lot of people in those days, so they were the least likely people to hear the good news first, but God chose them anyway. They not only heard the amazing news but they went to find this special baby that the angels were singing about. They heard and believed and then went where God told them to. Because of their faith, they were the first people to get to celebrate the birth of our Messiah, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ!
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This year Watermark has put together a family advent guide. Inside this guide there is a daily passage of scripture to read, a devotional and some discussion questions to talk about with your family. The goal of this is to prepare you and your family's hearts for the Christmas season and to focus your minds on the true meaning of Christmas. You can find the advent guide here. Take time at dinner each day to walk through the devotional for the day.
Make time this week to have fun with your family! A great way to bring up the topic of trust is to do the trust fall exercise. The trust fall exercise is where you have one kid at a time stand on an elevated surface facing away from you. Then you and your spouse or older kids stand behind them and link arms so that you can catch them. Then you have the child who is going to be falling, close their eyes and blindly fall backwards! Biggest rule: CATCH THEM! Afterwards, take time to talk about how we can trust God completely to keep us and care for us.
As a part of putting your family to bed each night, read one chapter from the book of Ruth all together. Before you begin the story, tell your kids to pay attention to who in the story trusted God and was willing to follow Him and how they did that. On the 5th day when there is no chapter to read (there are only 4 chapters in Ruth), do a little review to see what your kids can recall of the story and how people in that story trusted God and followed Him.
As you are getting your family ready for the day spend five minutes reading:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Then, say a quick prayer thanking God for being absolutely trustworthy.
Thank God for being your Good Shepherd and for how He leads you. Ask Him to give you the faith to follow Him wherever He leads you, whether through dark valleys or peaceful meadows.
Next week we won't have a blog for Elementary, but your kids will go to the Christmas Eve service with you, parents! Find those Christmas Eve services here, and invite your friends! Then look forward to January where we begin by reviewing all we have learned since August.
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